Tug of War XVI
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - crack o'noon
Final Tug Line-up
|MRE 4th Street Bars||
|Eastport Homeland Security||
|MRE Co-Ed Team||
|Annaoplis Co-Ed Team|
|MRE Health & Fitness Team||
|Annapolis Health & Fitness Team|
|Dome Chartering & Trading Team||
The teams set up on opposite sides of Spa Creek (aka The Gulf of Eastport). To join the fun on the Eastport side, go to Second Street, next to the Chart House restaurant. To join those guys on the Annapolis side, go to Susan Campbell Park at City Dock.
Things are different this year. Annapolis won in 2012 and they want to keep the trophy! The MainStreets Partnership is heading up the Annapolis side and there will be a party there too. Festivities on the Annapolis side will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info about the Annapolis side click here.
Eastport Side Information
If you're interested in tugging, you can join a team on the spot,, starting at 10 a.m. It costs $20 and that will get you a limited edition Tugger T-Shirt and the opportunity to do one of the hardest things you'll ever do for somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes! Remember all the funds raised benefit local charities!
In addition to tugging, the event will feature great food, drink and music.
Food & Drink
The Mason-Dixon Pod of the Chili Appreciation Society International will have a chili cook-off on the Eastport side during the tugs. Come taste and enjoy!
Want to Volunteer to help and have a blast too on the Eastport side? You can sign up for a shift
as a ticket seller, beer pourer, and lots of other positions online!
Thanks so much to the Chesapeake Outdoor Group for signing up to help!
The Entertainment Lineup on the Eastport Side
Music goes till around 5:30 p.m.... or until the beer runs out.
|11:30 - 11:50||Eastport Elementary School Ensemble|
|noon - 1:15||Eastport Oyster Boys|
|1:30 - 2:20||Hula Monsters|
|2:35 - 3:25||The Walking Sticks|
|3:40 - 4:30||Dean Rosenthal|
|4:45 - 5:30||D'Vibe 'n' Conga|
An ATM will be availble on the Eastport side... so you can buy all the beverages you need.
Porta-Potties will be available.
Parking is on the street in Eastport. Please be considerate of the neighbors.
The two tug locations are an easy 15-minute walk apart.
The Watermark water taxi will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Water taxi info.
MRE merchandise, including flags, clothing and more will be available for sale during the tug.
Recycling is provided by Annapolis Green
with sponsorship from Dream Yacht Charter and K&B True Value Hardware
Billed as the longest International** Tug of War over water in the world , The Tug of War was originally conceived by the residents of Eastport in 1997 when the City of Annapolis used the excuse of a "public works project" to close the Spa Creek bridge that leads to Eastport from Annapolis. This unprovoked act of aggression on the part of the City of Annapolis had the effect of cutting off Eastport residents and businesses from the rest of the city. The somewhat fractious citizens of Eastport, feeling the sting of rejection by The City and, perhaps, somewhat emboldened by the generous pouring habits of a local bartender, decided to declare war against The City of Annapolis and secede. Thus, to the rallying cries of " Up The Republic," the micro-nation known as The Maritime Republic of Eastport was born.
In the ensuing years, although the Spa Creek Bridge has since re-opened, the once persecuted citizens of Eastport (Eastport-O-Ricans) have yearly declared a symbolic War of Independence against The City of Annapolis lest anyone forget this dark period of Annapolis-Eastport relations. The Tug of War, a celebration of the geographical and, some would argue, philosophical differences between Eastport and Annapolis, is a not-to-be missed maritime event unlike any other.
*The MRE is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All funds raised by the Tug and other MRE events are distributed to various charitable organizations in the Annapolis area. To date, over $500,000.00 has been raised.
**While other cities may claim to host a longer Tug, this is the only international Tug competition over water in the world. To read more about the history of The Maritime Republic of Eastport please visit here.
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